AFI-32806 Marine Resources Management


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Group work2
Course coordinator(s)ir. PAM van Zwieten
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. RA Groeneveld
ir. PAM van Zwieten
dr. JJ Poos
dr. ir. LAJ Nagelkerke
Examiner(s)ir. PAM van Zwieten
dr. ir. RA Groeneveld

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Assumed knowledge on:

Basic calculation and graphical skills using MS Excel worksheets is assumed. Knowledge on the level of the BSc courses Introduction to Statistics (MAT-11806) and Ecology (NCP-10503) is recommended, as well as Introduction to Aquaculture and Fisheries (AFI20306) and Environmental Economics for Environmental Sciences (ENR-21306).


The course deals with the management of human impacts on living renewable resources in marine, coastal and large freshwater ecosystems. The focus is on impacts on marine and freshwater ecosystems through fishing for food and income. But there are also direct and indirect impacts on and feedbacks from ecosystems as tourism, sport fishing, wind energy parks, conservation measures such as Marine Protected Areas and pollution. Effective management of the use of marine ecosystems requires a social–ecological systems approach to analyse problems arising from the interactions between the ecosystem and the decisions of resource users. Central to the course is that management of marine resources is regarded as a continuous decision-making process: based on realistic problem formulations by those involved in management and use of the resource, ecologically sound, economically feasible and socially acceptable objectives are formulated. Once defined, specific measures are taken to reach the objectives. A final part of the management cycle is the analysis and evaluation of the effectiveness of management measures. All steps in this process require the collection and presentation of adequate information on fisheries, fish stocks, ecosystems and their biophysical and economic drivers. This requires both good science and good communication to assist stakeholders to make sense of the available information and act responsibly.

Learning outcomes:

Taking a socio-ecological systems perspective, students will be presented with a framework to analyse fisheries and marine resource management problems and design management solutions. After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- apply the concept of the management cycle (a continuous decision-making process based on uncertain information) to problems arising from the use of marine and freshwater living resources
- explain the main economic and ecological concepts and tools used in management of marine and freshwater living resources, and correctly apply them to a real case;
- apply the social-ecological system framework to analyse problems around the use of marine and freshwater living resources;
- analyse the trade-offs between conflicting objectives in marine resources management;
- identify strategies and measures to reconcile conflicting objectives;
- evaluate the effectiveness of measures taken to change and adapt marine resource use and management;
- assess a specific marine or freshwater resource use management problem with the tools provided and design, present and defend a potential solution.


- follow lectures;
- perform tutorial exercises;
- analyse case studies.


- written test with ca. 10 open questions on lectures and tutorials (65%);
- group report on case studies (35%).


- course guide with detailed study objectives;
- course book for both lecture and tutorials;
- internet site with lecture handouts and additional background information;
- assignments and self-test questions.

Compulsory for: MAMAquaculture and Marine Resource ManagementMScB: Spec. B - Marine Resources and Ecology3WD
MAMAquaculture and Marine Resource ManagementMScC: Spec. C - Marine Governance3WD
Restricted Optional for: MASAnimal SciencesMScF: Spec. F - Animal Ecology3WD